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100 Years: the fruits of Fatima

Retreat with Father Gary Coulter Oct. 6-8

WAVERLY (SNR) - Father Gary Coulter will lead a retreat for men and women  Oct. 6-8 entitled “The Fruits of Our Lady of Fatima: 100 Years.” 

The retreat will be based on the message of Our Lady of Fatima (and the Angel) in 1917 and examine how the message of Fatima is still relevant today. Topics include angels, the rosary, the Eucharist, Marian consecration, repentance and conversion.

From May 13, 1917 to October 13, 1917, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to three children in Fatima, Portugal.  Approved by the Church as Our Lady of Fatima, 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of these important apparitions.

Father Coulter just completed a pilgrimage to Fatima in July.

“It was a blessing to see the great devotion and large numbers of people in Fatima.” he said. “The Church is alive, and Fatima is still bearing spiritual fruit 100 years later. Its message of prayer and conversion is still needed today.”

For those wanting to learn more about the apparitions and message of Fatima, Father Coulter recommends the book “Fatima for Today” by Father Andrew Apostoli, C.F.R. 

“Father Apostoli is an ardent promoter of Fatima and the First Saturday Devotion,” said Father Coulter, “and I find his book to be a clear and balanced treatment of the requests and secrets of Our Lady.”

Ordained in 1999, Father Gary Coulter is director of Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House, serves on the diocesan tribunal, and is co-vicar for religious.  He previously served at St. Mary Parish in Ashland and St. Joseph in Greenwood, as well as Blessed Sacrament and St. Patrick parishes in Lincoln.

With individual rooms, private baths, catered meals, and spacious outdoor grounds, Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House offers a place of sanctuary near Waverly.  Each retreat includes meditations by the retreat master, and opportunities for silence, prayer, adoration and the Sacraments. 

Retreats typically begin with a rosary and Mass at 8 p.m. on Friday, and end with Mass and noon lunch on Sunday.

Other upcoming retreats for men and women include “Prayer & Desolation” with Father Justin Fulton Sept. 29-Oct. 1;  “Jesus, Please Heal Me” with Father Craig Doty Oct. 20-22; and a Marian retreat with Father Mark Czya Oct. 27-29. 

To register for a retreat or to make a prayer request, go to www.goodcounselretreat.com, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 402-786-2705.

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